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I am a self taught textile artist, reaching my current method of expression, techniques and style through experimentation. I have always been creative and had a ‘project’ on the go, but I have recently made the change from ASC teacher to artist. I transform images into fabric through the use of layers and free motion embroidery. My work is built by constructing images in fabric with a focus on layers to portray the balance between light and dark. I first do a sketch of the subject in pencil, charcoal or pen, before using this study to create a collage of fabric. I follow this with free motion embroidery to sketch and shade with thread, adding the detail of the subject to the material. I take inspiration from nature, my beautiful surroundings on the Isle of Purbeck and the patterns I see around me. I take great pleasure in looking at and working with fabric and colour; combining the two so they complement each other, the subject and reflect the emotion involved in the textile. I am forever experimenting, never really knowing if my idea will work but constantly learning.